Congressional Staffer Fired Over Suggestive 'Me Likey Broke Girls' Super Bowl Tweet

on February 08 2013 10:07 AM

A congressional staff member is without a job after mistakenly tweeting suggestive comments about a Super Bowl advertisement from his boss' Twitter account. 

Phil Hardy, who was a spokesman for Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, was compelled to comment on the risqué dancing of Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, the stars of CBS comedy "Two Broke Girls" in an advertisement for their show that aired during the Super Bowl.

 

The actresses danced in short-cut, glittering waitress costumes to Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" to which Hardy tweeted, "Me likey Broke Girls" from Congressman Labrador's Twitter account. 

 

The tweet was online for a mere 14 seconds before it was deleted, but that was enough time for Politwoops, a website that archives deleted tweets from politicians, to get a hold of it. 

 

“For Rep. Raúl R. Labrador, the most memorable moment seemed to come during an ad for CBS's 2 Broke Girls involving a stripper pole, clothes being ripped off and a cherry being seductively consumed," Politwoops said about the tweet.

 

Labrador's office publicly apologized for the tweet Monday, after which Hardy was fired, according to the Idaho Statesman.

 

The political blog spoke with the Idaho Republican’s district director, Jake Ball, who said he did not know why the tweet was a firing offense. 

 

“That’s Raul’s call. It was the boss,” Ball said of the firing Monday.

 

According to the statesman, Hardy's title was “coalitions director,” but he essentially served as Labrador's official spokesman and press agent, which he had done since 2010. 

 

Hardy previously worked in the music industry, with a speciality in heavy metal bands, which Yahoo News suggests may have been the cause of his "momentary lapse in judgment at the sight of two women gyrating to the hard rock tune." 

 

Tech website Mashable noted that, while it is unknown whether Hardy sent the tweet from Labrador's account intentionally, it is very easy to get personal and professional accounts mixed up.

 

"For those familiar with managing multiple Twitter accounts on Tweetdeck, this is a mistake of nightmares," Mashable detailed. "It's all too easy to confuse your organization's account with your personal one."

 

Hardy has yet to comment on the matter.

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